Cross River State Police Command has made a major breakthrough in the fight against crime with the arrest of notorious criminals that have been terrorizing residents of the state.
The state was gradually becoming a safe haven for criminals who in the past few weeks unleashed terror on residents of the state.
In Calabar, the state capital, cases of kidnap, armed robbery and other violent crimes have been on the increase, a situation which may have prompted the state Police Command to launch offensive against the criminals.
The state police commissioner, Henry Fadairo while parading the suspects said they were arrested at various locations in the state.
Mr. Fadiaro disclosed that the kidnappers had on August 4, 2015 invaded the residence of one Mr. Afagaene Onuka along Jebs Street in Calabar South local government and abducted two of his daughters.
He said on receipt of the report, the police embarked on aggressive manhunt of the kidnapers and stormed their base along Afokang Street where the victims were rescued unhurt.
The police commissioner said four of the suspected kidnapers, Mr. Jackson Okele John, Inizinimi Benimo, Miss Regina Paul and Miss Esther Sunday were arrested during the operation and the victims rescued.
Items recovered from the suspects, according to the police boss included walkie-talkie (belonging to a yet to identified oil firm); seven handsets, ATM, voter’s card and N717, 500.00 cash.
He said the police have intensified efforts to arrest fleeing members of the kidnap gang.
Mr. Fadiaro also disclosed that 10 persons paraded alongside the kidnappers were arrested in Ogoja local government for cultism.
The police commissioner said on August 2, 2015 the command received reports of a violent clash between two rival cult groups in the area, and based ‘on the strength of that information, the police swiftly moved to the scene to discover that it was a fracas between two rival cult groups.’
He said investigations carried out by the police revealed that one Smart Umaru, a Viking member allegedly stabbed one Emmanuel Sunday, a member of Black Axe to death’ resulting in the reprisal attack by the other group.
The police boss, however, said that normalcy has been restored in the area while the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as the striking judiciary staff in the state call off the strike.
The state Security Adviser, Mr. Jude Ngaji commended the police for the breakthrough and assured residents of Cross River that the state government will not compromise their security.

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